The City of Santa Paula is excited to begin its annual celebration of Arbor Day this March! The City is planning a month of celebration with fun-filled events that promote tree planting efforts throughout the community. The City invites residents to “Plant a Tree, Be a Hero” and participate in the upcoming ceremonies.
“Arbor Day is an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate the vital role trees play in our environment, our health and our daily lives,” said Parks and Recreation Director Greg Barnes. “We are proud to be hosting a month-long celebration of Arbor Day this March and invite everyone to join us in planting, learning about and appreciating the beauty and benefits of trees.”
Kicking off the celebration, the City Council will issue a proclamation recognizing Arbor Day at its regular meeting on March 1. Following the recognition, the City and Santa Paula Unified School District will host an Arbor Day Ceremony at Barbara Webster Elementary on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to attend. Two fifth-grade classes will participate in the ceremony and learn about the positive effects trees can have on urban environments.
The festivities will continue March 18 with the Arbor Day Community Workshops and Tree-Give-Away Event from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Following the theme of “Plant a Tree, Be a Hero,” this event will emphasize the City’s commitment to growing the urban forest and improving the lives of Santa Paula residents through meaningful action. The day will begin with light breakfast refreshments followed by three workshops:
- 9 a.m. – Planting Trees 101 presented by America in Bloom
- 9:45 a.m. – Tree Pests & Household Remedies presented by International Environmental Corporation Arborist
- 10:30 a.m. – Grafting a Fruit Cocktail Tree presented by Brian’s Orchard Youth Alliance
After the workshops, a tree-giveaway will take place at 11 a.m. Tree species available for pickup include lemon, plum, dwarf jacaranda and crape myrtle. Only 100 trees will be available, so interested residents are encouraged to register as soon as possible by calling the Parks & Recreation Department at 805-933-4226 ext. 350 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arbor Day is a time to reflect on the importance of trees and community, and this March, the City of Santa Paula invites all residents to be a hero. For more information on the City’s Arbor Day events, please call the Parks & Recreation Department at (805) 933-4226 ext. 350 or follow the Santa Paula Parks & Recreation Department on Facebook.